The Future Awards Announces Extension of Nomination

Due to requests for more time, nominations for The Future Award have been extended.

The new closing date for the nominations is Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Now in its 6th year, The Future Awards, described as Nigeria’s biggest youth event, is the flagship platform under The Future Project, which is an umbrella of youth development projects/programmes that seeks to empower young people and re-direct them towards adding value to themselves and society with strong, positive images/messages.

The 6th season of The Future Awards was launched on the 30th of September, 2010. Twenty categories will be recognized in the awards this season.

These categories are  Best Use of Advocacy, Actor of the Year, Best Use of Technology, Best use of Science, Business Owner of the Year, Comedian of the Year, Best Use of Science, Creative Artist of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Magazine of the Year, Musician of the Year, Music Producer of the Year, On-air Personality of the Year (Radio), On-air Personality of the Year (TV), Professional of the Year (Corporate), Professional of the Year (Creative), Screen Producer of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, the biggest for Young Person of the Year and for Excellence in Public Service.Nominees must be Nigerian citizens and must be aged 18 – 31.

If you want to nominate anyone, all you need to do is go to the website www.thefuturenigeria.com/nominations/, click the ‘Nominate’ link and fill in information about the nominees’ work and why you think he/she should win.

Kindly ensure you get all nominations in by midnight November 21

Organizers of The Future Awards

Organizers of The Future Awards

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Press Release:Swedish ambassador & Nigerian actors on stage in internationally acclaimed play SEVEN

Seven, a groundbreaking documentary play, will make a Nigerian premiere in Abuja. Seven portrays seven women’s rights activists from around the globe, including Nigerian advocate for women’s rights, Hafsat Abiola-Costello. In an international tour of staged readings, Riksteatern (The National Touring Theatre of Sweden), the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Embassy in Abuja together with NAPTIP (Nigerian National Agency for Trafficking in Persons), presents SEVEN as a staged reading in Abuja on November 15 and November 17 2010.

Hafsat Abiola-Costello

The cast includes Nollywood actor Carol King in the role of Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Swedish ambassador Maj-Inger Klingvall in the role of Inez McCormack, a peace and equal rights activist from Northern Ireland.

“I am proud to present Seven together with Nigerian and Swedish partners. When actors and government officials come together on the theatre stage it shows that theatre is a vital arena for the discussion of democracy and women’s rights. I am especially delighted to be doing Seven in the home country of Hafsat Abiola-Costello, who is portrayed in the play”, says Hedda Krausz Sjögren, producer and artistic director at Riksteatern.

To date Ms. Krausz Sjögren has directed over 200 politicians, actors and profiles of civil society in the Riksteatern tour of staged readings of Seven. Seven has toured several countries including Sweden, Turkey, Great Britain and the US, where Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep was featured in the role of Inez McCormack, from Northern Ireland. Hafsat Abiola-Costello will be present on both occasions.

Seven is presented in connection with “Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation & Prostitution -The Swedish and African Experiences”. Time and place: Monday, November 15, 5 pm – 6.30 pm – restricted by invitation only, Wednesday, November 17 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm – public event- Sheraton Hotel Ladi Kwali St. Way Abuja.

Cast: Sven-Axel Månsson, professor at the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, Sweden, reads Mu Sochua. Maj-Inger Klingvall, ambassador and senior advisor at Swedish Foreign Office, reads Inez McCormack. Thomas Ahlstrand, senior prosecutor at International Public Prosecution Office, Gothenburg, Sweden, reads Annabella De Leon. Bartholomew Oshionebo, Professor of Dramatic Arts, University of Abuja, reads Farida AziziJennifer Osammor, actress, shortlisted for Best Actor (Male & Female) in The Future Awards in 2009, Lagos, reads Mukhtar Mai. Emem Obonguko, Phd student of Dramatic Arts, University of Abuja, reads Marina Pisklakova – Parker.

Carol King,  ctress, appearing in leading roles in MNET produced series including “Edge of Paradise” and I need to Know”, Lagos, reads Hafsat Abiola-Costello.

For more information and bookings please contact: Sofia Ek,  Embassy of Sweden No. 41 T.Y. Danjuma Street Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria,

Telephone: +234 9 87 46 913, +234 9 87 46 913

Fax: +870 7 82 24 87 89

E-mail: sofia.ek@foreign.ministry.se Or call: Pamela Braide – 08037183468, Paul Nya – 08037018838

Seven is written by Ruth Margraff, Anna Deveare-Smith, Susan Yankowitz , Carol K. Mack, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux och Gail Kriegel.   Created in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership.

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2nd NCCF Sokoto Alumni Reunion Dinner-Sunday, 7th November 2010

Theme: Empowerment for unlimited breakthroughs

The date is Sunday, 7th November 2010.

Venue: The Redeemed Christian Church of God ( RCCG) New Heaven Assembly, 39 Jimoh Balogun St. Off CMD-Road, Ikosi Ketu Lagos.

Time: 3pm prompt.

Ministering-Pastor Segun Odutayo.

The attendance is FREE.

Get ready, inform others and participate.

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“My Country: Nigeria” part 2: Showing on the BBC World News Channel Saturday October 9th 2010

Don’t miss Part 2 of “My Country: Nigeria” Showing on the BBC World News Channel

In this next episode “Feeding Off The Land”, Funmi Iyanda turns the spotlight on agriculture and rural Nigeria.

Journeying into Nigeria’s hinterland, this episode explores the lives and stories of rural Nigerians and their struggle to keep agriculture alive.

Step back in time to an almost forgotten era and listen to magical tales of a hunter, grappling with a dying profession, lost heritage and the future of his progeny.

Witness also, one state government’s radical initiative to combat food insecurity –importing displaced Zimbabwean farming families who have brought their expertise and turned barely tilled land into a highly mechanized and thriving operation. Could this initiative be a pointer
to a permanent solution?

“Feeding off the Land” will air this Saturday October 9th at 05:10am & 6:10pm
Repeat broadcasts on Sunday October 10th at 11:10am & midnight

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BBC’s My Country Turns its Spotlight on Nigeria

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, BBC World’s My Country during the month of October is featuring a three-part documentary on Nigeria produced and presented by Funmi Iyanda. The first part of the documentary “Lagos Stories” aired on October 2nd, 2010. Lagos Stories gave an in depth look into Lagos, its people, energy and leadership.

View snippets of the documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gRGXXvimSg

Part 2 will air on BBC World on Saturday October 9th, 2010 at 5:10am and 6:10pm

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Funmi Iyanda presents “My Country” on BBC World, October 2nd 2010

Funmi Iyanda presents “My Country” on BBC World

Funmi Iyanda

Join Funmi Iyanda on BBC World on October 2nd 2010 as she presents a three part documentary on Nigeria called “My Country”

The first episode of the documentary “Lagos Stories” airs this Saturday October 2nd on BBC World at 5:10 am (for all you early birds) and 6:10pm.

There will be repeat broadcasts on Sunday October 3rd at 11:10 am & 12:10 am .

Lagos Stories

This is an in-depth look into one of the most fascinating and populated cities in the world. For many outsiders, the city of Lagos is chaotic & daunting, and inspires a mixture of fear and admiration. Yet for the people who call it home, they manage life and living in this would be urban jungle with gusto and verve.

This episode reveals the complexities of life in the city’s expanding landscape and the challenge of leadership. We are introduced to the man charged with the herculean task of organizing Lagos, and in doing so is changing the face of Nigerian leadership. We also hear from a legendary cult hero who has unwittingly become the voice of the downtrodden and disenfranchised Lagosian motorcycle riders.

Finally the episode delves into the lives of some “seemingly” impoverished yet astonishingly proud and resilient people whose self-sufficiency and enterprise is truly inspirational.

Don’t miss part 2 and 3 which will also be showing on BBC World at the following times:

Part 2 – October 9th 2010 5:10 am and 6:10 pm

Part 3 – October 16th 2010 5:10 am and 6:10 pm

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New Dawn with Funmi on NTA International

New Dawn with Funmi on NTA International

New Dawn with Funmi on NTA International

You can now enjoy your favourite editions of New Dawn with Funmi on NTA International (Channel 130 on DSTV) at 5am & 8.30pm Wednesdays

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Egbeda-Idimu road needs urgent attention

Egbeda-Idimu road needs urgent attention

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IdeaLab Nigeria launched Nollywood Fans Club portal

IdeaLab Nigeria launched Nollywood Fans Club portal

IdeaLab Nigeria launched Nollywood Fans Club portal

IdeaLab Nigeria, a technology Solutions Company has launched Nollywood Fans Club portal. According to the MD/CEO, Mr. Adebola Oni “The month of July is indeed a SPECIAL one for me! Over the years, July has always brought in one special thing or the other for me. Just on the 1st, our new company IdeaLab Nigeria, was introduced. Now, the new company is giving birth to its first baby, NollyWoodFansClub.Com”

As the name implies, NollywoodFansClub, is a platform, a social network for all the fans of Nigerian Movies, popularly referred to as Nollywood, one of the world’s top three movie industry.

Mr. Oni said “We saw it as an anomaly that the fans of Nollywood do not have a platform for meeting, online or offline. Since somebody has to start something, IdeaLab Nigeria, has decided to take up the onerous task of providing this needed platform.”

Nollywood Fans Club, with its online platform at http://www.nollywoodfansclub.com/, is set to contribute positively to the growth and development of Nollywood. Aside provide the platform for the fans of Nollywood to connect, it will also provide the platform for people to make positive contribution that can bring about developments.
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The Alternative 2.0 on June 12, 2010

The Alternative 2.0

The Alternative 2.0

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and Microsoft Nigeria are proud to announce ‘The Alternative 2.0’, the event that highlights the need for young Nigerians to redirect their energy – from cybercrime – towards positive online opportunities. The event is free and open to all, but you must RSVP through this FaceBook page or by eMail to info@pinigeria.org.

It holds on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 10am (Green Carpet reception at 9am) at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos. Featuring Cobhams Asuquo (producer, ‘Maga No Need Pay’), MI, Rooftop MCs, Modele, Bez, Wordsmith, Kemi Adetiba (director, ‘Maga No Need Pay’ video), Deolu Akinyemi (discussing ‘Alternatives to Cybercrime’) and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (award-winning author, I Do Not Come To You By Chance)!

We will provide updates on MISSPIN activities to date, announce new activities and thank the outgoing MISSPIN Ambassadors, the new Call for MISSPIN Ambassadors will be announced at the event.

For more information, see flyers and watch out for the radio and TV adverts or visit www.pinigeria.org.

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